Zurich, The City
Tuesday 17 January 2023
Zurich : Trams, Trans, Buses (1)
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It dates from Roman times ...
Like many places that eventually came together to form the Swiss Federation, Zurich had its fair share of wars with various peoples, including armies from other bits of Switzerland.
Today's city is not too huge, a little over 440,000 souls i.e. just a bit smaller than Liverpool. "Greater" urban Zurich has a population of about 1.3 million and the Canton (its political and administrative area) about 1.8 million.
And the lake and the river?
Zurich stands on the River Limmat which joins the lake, called, with an original name, the Zurichsee (Zurich Lake!).
pushes the segments of the articulated bus. This is fairly standard practice in Europe and elsewhere, but seems quite scary to a staid and stolid Brit, familiar with something a little shorter.
There is a very extensive S-Bahn network although most services are less frequent than in some cities.
Well, there isn't one - there are many!
Here is an extract from the map that shows S-Bahn (in colours) and selected buses ...
Then there is the tram, trolleybus and bus map - mainly tram and trolley in the centre of the city.
And there's more. Here are two maps of services on the water, first on Zurichsee itself ...PUCE) and 12 (PALE BLUE) intermingle with buses in multiple shades of blue from pale to paler, to even paler to very pale indeed.
So, yet again without the use of a safety net, fbb will try to unravel this simply amazing transport network. Tomorrow we will begin with the trams and, by way of introduction, enjoy another 4 minute video giving an overview of what constitutes a Zurich tram in recent years.
Note that all of the video shows trams in the centre and running happily on the street mixed with cars, buses and people. How is this ever possible though stringent safety precautions.Good, innit?
Thanks to Northampton Alan for a picture of three Todmorden buses at a recent rally. (See yesterday's blog).
The Hornby programme did appear yesterday on Yesterday. The main content was all about creating Flying Scotsman in the new TT120 scale ...
A sub-story was of the challenge of repairing a couple of busted "Rocket" models.
Rather he than fbb!
The loco and coaches featured in the programme are all now available. Some idea of the smaller scale can be gathered from the model "in hand".
Next Zurich TRAM blog : Wednesday 18th January